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Craig Haley | | December 15, 2015

FCS football: STATS releases its 2015 All-America Team

The leading vote-getters for the two national player of the year awards headlined the STATS FCS All-America Team, but many other players, teams and conferences had reason to take a bow Tuesday.

The first-team selections included running backs Marshaun Coprich of Illinois State and Kade Harrington of Lamar and Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp - the three players invited to the Jan. 8 announcement of the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year award.

In addition, defensive ends James Cowser of Southern Utah and Tyrone Holmes of Montana and Portland State free safety Patrick Onwuasor - the trio invited to the announcement of STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year - were selected to the first team.

The three All-America teams went 102 players deep, spread out among 57 schools from all 13 FCS conferences.

Top-ranked Jacksonville State, which will play in the national semifinals for the first time Saturday, garnered the most All-Americans with five, led by junior Eli Jenkins, the first-team quarterback. Northern Iowa, national semifinalists North Dakota State and Richmond had four selections each.

Kupp, Cowser, Holmes and Onwuasor helped the Big Sky Conference gain seven first-team selections and 17 overall - both national highs. The Missouri Valley Football Conference was second with six first-team selections and 13 overall, and CAA Football had three first-teamers and 12 selections overall.

Harrington, the Southland Conference's player of the year, went over 200 rushing yards in a game six times. He ranks first in the FCS in rushing yards (2,092), rushing yards per game (190.2), all-purpose yards per game (213.4) and points per game (12.5).

Coprich, the Missouri Valley's two-time offensive player of the year, is second in rushing yards (1,967) and rushing yards per game (151.3), and third in points per game (11.2). He helped Illinois State to a share of the conference title for a second consecutive season.

The junior Kupp earned his third straight All-America first-team selection and is nearing FCS all-time records with another season of eligibility. The Big Sky's offensive player of the year leads the FCS in receptions (114), receptions per game (10.4), receiving yards (1,642), receiving yards per game (149.3) and touchdown receptions (19).

The Big Sky triumvirate of Cowser, Holmes and Onwuasor was just as dominating on the defensive side of the ball. Cowser, the conference's defensive player of the year, helped Southern Utah claim its first Big Sky title. He had 19 tackles for loss and 13 sacks, which propelled him to becoming the FCS all-time leader with 80 TFLs and 43.5 sacks.

Holmes has the FCS season high with 18 sacks - four more than any other player - and he added 21.5 tackles for loss and 87 tackles in his outstanding season at Montana.

Onwuasor also is a national leader with nine interceptions. He totaled 85 tackles while helping Portland State improve by six wins from a year ago.

Jacksonville State swept through the Ohio Valley Conference for the second consecutive season with Jenkins directing one of the top offenses in the FCS. The dual threat was named the conference's offensive player of the year with 3,514 yards of total offense. He's thrown for 2,484 yards and 19 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,030 and 13 TDs. Included are back-to-back 195-yard rushing performances in the postseason as well as five rushing touchdowns.

The other Jacksonville State All-Americans were center Casey Dunn on the second team, and running back Troymaine Pope, defensive tackle Chris Landrum and cornerback Jermaine Hough on the third team.

"Obviously, it's a great pat on the back for our football team," Gamecocks coach John Grass said. "We've got a lot of guys that work very hard, it's a team effort, and I know those five guys would say the same thing, that any accolades that they get are a tribute back to our team."


Position Player Year School Position Player Year School
QB Eli Jenkins Junior Jacksonville State DL James Cowser Graduate Southern Utah
RB Marshaun Coprich Senior Illinois State DL Javon Hargrave Senior South Carolina St.
RB Chase Edmonds Sophomore Fordham DL Tyrone Holmes Senior Montana
RB Kade Harrington Junior Lamar DL Victor Ochi Senior Stony Brook
FB Tyler Renew Junior The Citadel DL Noah Spence Junior Eastern Kentucky
WR Jamaal Jones Junior Montana LB Deon King Senior Norfolk St.
WR Cooper Kupp Junior Eastern Washington LB Christian Kuntz Junior Duquesne
WR Jake Wieneke Sophomore South Dakota St. LB Darnell Sankey Senior Sacramento St.
TE Ben Braunecker Senior Harvard LB Myke Tavarres Senior Incarnate Word
OL Clay DeBord Senior Eastern Washington DB Dee Delaney Sophomore The Citadel
OL Joe Haeg Senior North Dakota St. DB Deiondre' Hall Senior Northern Iowa
OL Donald Jackson II Senior Sam Houston St. DB DeAndre Houston-Carson Senior William & Mary
OL Corey Levin Junior Chattanooga DB Patrick Onwuasor Senior Portland St.
OL Cole Toner Senior Harvard        
All-Purpose Johnta' Herbert Senior Prairie View A&M        
  SPECIAL TEAMS            
PK Nick Dorka Sophomore William & Mary KR Willie Quinn Senior Southern
P Ben LeCompte Senior North Dakota St. PR Khris Gardin Sophomore North Carolina A&T
LS Joshua Appel Junior Indiana St.        

After the Big Sky, Missouri Valley and CAA, the breakdown of All-Americans among conferences saw the Big South with nine, Southern and Southland with eight each, the Ohio Valley with seven, the Ivy and Patriot with six apiece. The Mid-Eastern Athletic and Northeast had five each, and the Pioneer and Southwestern Athletic three apiece.

The offensive players of the year in nine conferences and defensive players of the year in 13 conferences made the All-America team.


Position Player Year School Position Player Year School
QB Jacob Huesman Senior Chattanooga DL Keionta Davis Junior Chattanooga
RB Jacobi Green Senior Richmond DL Dino Fanti Senior Eastern Illinois
RB De'Angelo Henderson Junior Coastal Carolina DL P.J. Hall Sophomore Sam Houston St.
FB Andrew Bonnet Senior Montana St. DL Karter Schult Junior Northern Iowa
WR Emmanuel Butler Sophomore Northern Arizona DL Chima Uzowihe Senior Liberty
WR Tyler Dube Graduate Sacred Heart LB Andrew Ankrah Sophomore James Madison
WR Brendan Flaherty Junior Holy Cross LB Kourtney Berry Junior Alabama St.
TE Beau Sandland Senior Montana St. LB Don Cherry Senior Villanova
OL Erik Austell Junior Charleston Southern LB Stephen Hodge Graduate Fordham
OL Jonathan Burgess Senior Liberty LB Brett McMakin Junior Northern Iowa
OL Jule'n Davenport Junior Bucknell DB David Jones Junior Richmond
OL Casey Dunn Junior Jacksonville St. DB Miles Killebrew Senior Southern Utah
OL Mitch Kirsch Junior James Madison DB Harlan Miller Senior Southeastern Louisiana
All-Purpose John Sanitago Freshman North Dakota DB Donald Payne Junior Stetson
        DB Wallace Scott Senior McNeese St.
  SPECIAL TEAMS            
PK John Lunsford Senior Liberty KR Lorenzo Jerome Junior St. Francis
P Ryan Hawkins Senior Northern Arizona PR Ellis Onic II Sophomore Northern Colorado
LS Joseph Smith Junior Charleston Southern        


Position Player Year School Position Player Year School
QB Case Cookus Freshman Northern Arizona DL Mitchell Jeter Senior The Citadel
QB Vad Lee Senior James Madison DL Chris Landrum Graduate Jacksonville St.
RB Tarik Cohen Junior North Carolina A&T DL O.J. Mau Senior Gardner-Webb
RB Troymaine Pope Senior Jacksonville St. DL Greg Menard Sophomore North Dakota St.
FB Joe Protheroe Sophomore Cal Poly DL Derek Rivers Junior Youngstown St.
WR Brian Brown Junior Richmond LB Aaron Brown Senior Charleston Southern
WR Anthony Warrum Junior Illinois St. LB Tyler Drake Senior Penn
WR Justin Watson Sophomore Penn LB John Hugunin Graduate Drake
TE ERic Saubert Senior Drake LB Cory Magwood Senior Furman
OL Quinton Marsh Senior McNeese St. LB James Rentz Junior Sacred Heart
OL Garrick Mayweater Senior Fordham DB James Bradberry Senior Samford
OL Sean Meehan Senior North Dakota DB Casey DeAndrade Junior New Hampshire
OL Brandon Parker Sophomore North Carolina A&T DB Jermaine Hough Senior Jacksonville St.
OL Nick Ritcher Senior Richmond DB Jevon Elmore Junior Central Connecticut St.
        DB Clayton Ewell Senior Bucknell
  SPECIAL TEAMS            
PK Chris Moore Senior Northwestern St. KR Devin Brown Junior Coastal Carolina
P Chris Fraser Junior Cornell PR Makinton Dorleant Senior Northern Iowa
LS Kameron Canaday Senior Portland St.        

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